ACCESSORIES REPORT: Wrap It Up

It’s warming up here in Columbia and I am not sure if I can stand the heat. I have been throwing my hair up in a messy bun nearly every day (luckily it’s still trendy). Anyone that knows me could tell you that I have a full head of hair; it’s something like an afro. This warmer weather has been driving me insane because I cannot bear the idea of wearing my hair down — it’s just too hot. Quite frankly I am getting tired of the high bun. I like variety, but I am just not sure how to change things up. If you’re in the same boat, I have just the trick. I guess this Fashionista came just in time.

Heading to a graduation event, I could not help but to notice this Fashionista. As if the chiffon cream skirt, cobalt blue, cable-knit sweater and brown tweed heels were not enough, she tied the look together by incorporating a colorful, twisted turban. Absolutely stunning, we could all learn a thing or two from this Fashionista.

Turbans are a statement piece and she was able pull it off amazingly. This look is great for days when you are having a bad hair day or are simply feeling empowered. It takes a lot of confidence to pull off such a dramatic look. With style icons such as June Ambrose adopting this new trend, it has become increasingly popular. I’m definitely hopping on this bandwagon. Do-it-yourself videos have made it easy for those unfamiliar with the wrapping technique to recreate the trend on their own. There is just so much you can do with this hair accessory and it’s simple. All you have to do is take a scarf that you already own, like this one here, and go to town.

Spotted: Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall 2010 collection features turbans in a dozen different styles. The entire collection is incredibly eclectic and funky, delivering a mix-matched theme look after look. A fun collection, Gaultier’s collection showcased a number of different head pieces; I cannot even explain what some of them were exactly. A true sign of innovation, this collection deserves a look over for its distinct vision and design.

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: Wrap It Up

There’s something about winter that screams layers upon layers upon layers, and it’s not just the cold weather. Scarves have become one of the most important fashion essentials for the chilly winter degrees, and while scarves are by no means new on the runway scene, numerous new innovative ways for them to be styled and designed have taken form. An accessory that is both cozy and chic, scarves are now ever-present in a variety of hues, textures and styles to add that extra “wow” factor to one’s outfit.

This Fashionista chooses to work this trend into her everyday style by rocking a pistachio green scarf over her monochromatic black, brown and gray ensemble. In today’s economy, D.I.Y projects have exploded on the fashion scene, allowing Fashionista’s (and budding fashion designers) to express creativity while saving some cash. This Fashionista’s hand knitted scarf and homemade jewelry prove it’s easy to accessorize an outfit with trendy pieces that don’t break the bank. The crocheted structure adds an element of simplicity, while the vibrant colors accentuates her ensemble and complements this Fashionista’s olive skin tone.

Adding one piece with a pop of color can completely transform an outfit. Pairing her scarf and cranberry colored Longchamp bag with a gray Madewell cardigan, brown Steve Madden boots and cream knee-high Aerie socks turns her clothes from neutral to nouveau. Allowing just the tops of her socks peep from under her boots, knee-highs have become less like staples of cheerleaders and soccer players, and now stylish ways to kick up an outfit by one more notch.

Spotted: Scarves are no longer just scarves, taking a variety of forms. Oscar de la Renta and Gucci showed a fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection of scarves that were fur-ocious, showing a variety of fur scarves in a range of psychedelic colors. Fashion legends Versace and Hermès presented scarves in a rather avant-garde form, the snood, the highly coveted scarf-hood combination. And designers like Victoria Beckham and Chanel stuck to simplicity and utility, highlighting the casual knitted scarf, similar to this Fashionista’s. Whether runway or handmade talent, grab your scarf and wrap it up.

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: Wrap It Up!

Often we find ourselves having a bad hair day and try to pull off the sloppy ponytail. Or perhaps you know how to braid and attempt to pin down those flying tresses on the side. Either way, we still don’t feel quite like our fashionable selves, and we certainly are never sure if pieces stay in place throughout the day. So if you want to keep your look together and be sure it stays that way: wrap it up.

Scarves, wraps, turbans and even bandanas make great hair accessories. They can transform your look from sloppy to sheek with as little as a twist, wrap and knot; altogether versatile, accessible and highly affordable! Take the bandana; you can pair it with leather on jeans for a tough-edge or plaid on skirts for the country feel. Or picture silks and bangles and you may want to add a turban for those Arabian Nights out. True to bohemian style, Free People features an array of unique head wraps and turbans. But if you are thinking of using a scarf, you’re going to have to work a little magic first. Gather a scarf and knot it in the back for a headband or fold it over to cover your head as a wrap—like this Fashionista!

Her retro Chanel shades flash luxury but it’s the wrap that catches your attention, its tribal print instantly noticeable among heads of hair. On such a nice day, the bright colors radiate from the scarf as its silk sheen adds a refined charm to finish the look. While most would wear her outfit any day of the week, Maria must be covered at all times in respect to her religion; yet she makes the most of it. There is something to be said for the timeless glamour of Old Hollywood and the scarf really pulls it off. Throw on some shades, tie up a scarf and that’s a wrap!

Spotted: Head wraps and turbans on Karen Walker and Marc Jacobs spring-summer 2012 runways.

 

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